Naden has been made unavailable for the opening month of the season by Ivan Cleary.
I had him fighting for the starting centre spot alongside recruit Paul Momirovski and Tyrone May who started at centre in the grand final.
Naden is now out, and rookie playmaker Matt Burton has entered the frame for the spot after being named at centre for the trial game.
Round 1 teams will be one to monitor.
Naden played 16 games last season and scored 12 tries, and I’m not convinced he’ll keep this up if he regains his starting spot, although in this Penrith side outside Nathan Cleary it’s obviously possible.
With job security issues on return, and 26BPG, I have To’o and Crichton well ahead of him in the SuperCoach pecking order.
May, Burton and Momirovski all become options though depending on who wins the starting spot.
SUPERCOACH TERMINOLOGY KEY
MPG = Minutes per game
PPG = Points per game
PPM = Points per minute
BPG = Base per game (point accrued in tackles + runs + missed tackles)
POD = Point of difference
BREAKEVEN (B/E) = The score a player must record to earn a price rise.
Pending the cheapies on offer, I’m tempted to spend up bigger at CTW than I have in previous seasons.
The general tactic is to go cheap in the position, but I’ve found that getting solid mid-rangers and a gun or two could be a very effective option.
To’o could be one of those guns at an affordable rate.
He’ll shift onto Josh Mansour’s vacant left edge where Mansour scored seven tries in his final six regular season games.
There was a period where Stephen Crichton killed Mansour’s attacking output, but once oppositions zeroed in on his threat they’d jam him far earlier, leading to an easy tip on or a cut-out from Jarome Luai.
It’ll be the same this year and To’o will be the beneficiary.
He averaged a monster 32BPG for a winger which is exactly what we’re after in our CTWs.
He finished the season with a 5RA of 72.8, and I think his season average could edge towards this.
He also averaged 5.3 tackle busts per game, add that to his base and try-scoring ability in a gun side and you’re onto a winner.
I think Koroisau is a viable Round 1 option at a decent price, but there’s factors that will contribute to his credentials in the lead up to Round 1.
The first and foremost is Cam Smith whose career decision will impact the hooking scenario immensely.
The second is whether or not he’s set for 80 minutes to begin the year. My strong assumption is that he will, but I’m sure we’ll find out before the season begins.
Let’s base this argument on the assumption that he is playing 80 or thereabouts.
He averaged 75 minutes in 2020, with the main minutes he lost coming as he was rested in the final rounds of the regular season.
In three of his final four rounds of the season he played 62, 61 and 59 minutes and didn’t score overly well, so I’m going to disregard these stats as I think starting the season fresh as an 80 minute player is a different story.
In his 14 games of 70 minutes or over last year he didn’t score below 50 once, or over 100 once, which reflects his consistency.
Despite not tonning up, I’m confident he has the upside to do so this season, so I wouldn’t be concerned about a lack of ceiling.
He has an extremely strong 52BPG, and we all know he’s capable of attacking statistics.
He looks a serious option for Round 1, but the picture will be clearer when we find out what’s happening with Smith as it’ll also impact another key hooking contender in Harry Grant.
With no CTW availability this year Yeo’s SuperCoach credentials change dramatically.
He was absolutely superb last season, but that was as a CTW, he was just the 7th highest averaging 2RF in the game.
In the first 15 rounds last season he scored under 60 just once (53) and had a high score of 104.
I refer to the first 15 rounds because in the latter stages of the regular season he was given a few early showers in preparation for the finals.
His 58BPG is exceptional and he’s the model of consistency in SuperCoach, you know exactly what you’re going to get.
He jagged two tries, a try-assist and seven linebreaks last season to show he’s capable of attacking stats.
Early in the season I prefer to pay top dollar for guys who can score big centuries, so I’m likely to avoid Yeo and potentially eye him off later, but again I won’t begrudge anyone jumping on from Round 1.